People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country and the largest in East Asia (capital: Beijing).

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China: Limitations on frequency of applying for L tourist visa

Is there a limitation on how frequently can you apply for L visa? I intend to go there for 70-80 days at a time and in between be home for a month or two. I am applying in Slovenia (part of EU). I'm ...
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Passport number or DOB needed when flying from China to US?

I booked a ticket from China to US for my girlfriend online from a 3rd party company (Cheap Tickets). On the e-ticket, the main information contained is her full name and booking and confirmation ...
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Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?

In many countries there are large fees for using ATMs that vary from bank to bank. ATM fees with all Australian banks are already very high and include a percentage of the amount and a fixed fee. ...
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Chinese visa in Hong Kong without hotel bookings and return flight?

I'm an currently in Macau and just went to the Chinese consulate to apply for a Chinese visa. I'm on my way overland from Germany to Japan and had hoped for a dual entry visa (60 days each) to make ...
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Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea

We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? ...
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Should I book my train connections in advance in China?

I will be travelling in China this July. My trips will be Beijing - Shanghai Shanghai - Hong Kong Hong Kong - Tianjin I have read a lot about the train situation on Seat61 and am thinking about ...
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What is the usual work hours per day in Hong Kong (for people in IT & programming?) [closed]

Hey guys I would like to know as a programmer what is the expected work hours per day that people use to work in Hong Kong?
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Best food souvenirs from Beijing to bring to my Japanese friends?

I am going to Beijing soon and in Japan it's common to bring a souvenir back from your holiday. I want to bring something edible. Are there any small portable edibles Beijing is famous for? ...
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Extend duration of stay for Chinese visa (Q2)

Taking advantage of the new 10 year visa treaty between USA and China, I applied, and was issued Chinese visa (multiple entry, category Q2). However, I only got approved for 120 days per stay, while I ...
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Where in Chengdu can we see Sanxingdui artifacts, besides at the museum in Guanghan?

I visited Chengdu a few years ago, and a friend who plans to visit recently asked me for advice about things to see there. One thing that looks interesting is the Sanxingdui ancient culture and its ...
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Are there shipping company offices like Shunfeng express in Beijing or Shanghai Pudong Airport?

I would like to ship something within China immediately I arrive at Beijing or Shanghai airport (I am yet to buy the ticket). The problem is that I will not be leaving the airport to any place since I ...
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Max no. of Power banks allowed in Carry on - Air China

I have read numerous blog posts advising that we must carry power banks as carry on and not checked in luggage. However, I fail to obtain the maximum amount (number of power banks or capacity of each ...
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What are the current rules for converting Chinese currency to US?

Many sites give advice on how to purchase Chinese RMB with dollars, but none that I have found discuss what restrictions there are on individuals converting RMB to dollars in China. A few years ago ...
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How do I spend 8 hrs on Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport?

I have an 8 hour layover in Chengdu. (1 PM to 9 PM). What is the best way to spend the time at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport? Please provide details such as where to keep the baggage. Also, ...
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Should I book hostels in advance in China / HK?

I am travelling to Shanghai and Hong Kong in July. Is it realistic to travel "freestyle" and book hostels when we get there or a day in advance online (when we know what train we're taking, etc.) or ...
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What is the best way to spend 8 hrs on Beijing Capital International Airport? [closed]

I have an 8 hour layover in Beijing. (1 PM to 9 PM). What is the best way to spend the time at Beijing Capital International Airport? Also, Please provide details such as where to keep the baggage ...
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How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?

Soon I need to get from Guangzhou to Hong Kong as this entry of my China visa will expire. I'm totally ignorant of Hong Kong. Is there only an island or is part of it also on the mainland you never ...
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What is this present we received from our hotel in China? [closed]

On our trip to China, we received this thing next to the pen in the figure as a gift both in Hangzhou and Beijing. The pen serves only for comparison of size. It is made of metal and not flexible. ...
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Carrying 3 laptops (1 new and 2 old) in hand luggage to India [duplicate]

While traveling on business to Australia from India, I carried my personal HP laptop (4 years old). Unfortunately, my laptop overheated and I had to buy a new Macbook Pro from Australia. I have the ...
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Extra baggage costs - Dragon Airlines / Cathay Pacific

I am traveling from Qingdao, China to Delhi, India via Hong Kong for business. My ticket itinerary has 1 piece of luggage confirmed. My flight details are as follows: Qingdao - Hong Kong on Dragon ...
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Extra 50 lbs (23kg) bag with Air China

I am traveling from Qingdao, China to Mumbai, India on Air China for business. My ticket itinerary has 1 piece of luggage confirmed. However, I bought some additional items that I have to take back ...
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Different liquid restrictions in China and Philippines

Recently I flew from London (UK) to Manila (Philippines) with a stop in Beijing (China). On my way back I had a couple of bottles (no more than 100ml), but neither in Manila nor Beijing (I went out to ...
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What is Air China required to do if they cancelled a Chinese domestic flight 40 days in advance?

I bought a ticket with Air China specifically for the flight times. (I am picking up several groups at the airport in the evening on one night) I have recently received an email about a flight ...
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ATMs in China - are they widespread?

Within North America and Europe, finding an ATM is easy. I would never dream of checking in advance where the ATM is in a town. I know I will find one when I need it. Sometimes I ask my bank for the ...
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Incomplete itinerary on Chinese visa form

I'm going to China and I'll arrive in Beijing and leave China again from Zhangjiajie. I've already booked my accomodation for Beijing, but not yet for Zhangjiajie. To apply for a Chinese visa I have ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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Where might I observe refugees escaping across the North Korea-China or North Korea Russia border illegally?

I will try to visit northern China and/or eastern Russia on this trip. I've visited South Korea many times and I'm really interested in the plight of North Koreans trying to flee from the repressive ...
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When you fly to Beijing (PEK) and then to a domestic final destination, when do you go through passport control?

I am planning a trip to China and will be flying to my final destination via Beijing (PEK). At what point do I go through passport control: at Beijing (i.e. before boarding my second, domestic flight) ...
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“Proof of legal status” for applying for a Chinese visa in Germany

I'm a non-German EU citizen living in Germany and need to apply for a Chinese visa. According to the PRC's visa processing facility in Frankfurt: If you are not applying for a visa in the country ...
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China entry visa validity on “enter before” date

My departure time from Amsterdam for Guanghzhou, China will be 13:30 on the 4th. September. My visa stipulates that I must enter China before the 5th. Will there be a problem because of the time ...
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Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?

Yesterday I thought I'd wander down to the Myanmar consulate here in Kunming to ask them for more details about getting a visa and visiting by crossing the land border with China. My hostel (The ...
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Going to China - The Great Firewall

A friend of mine is going to China for almost a month until mid August. He want to know what kind of outside communication he will be able to use to communicate with his family/friends. We already ...
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Exchanging Scottish GBP In China

Seems like Scottish (Great British) Pounds are not exactly very welcomed around the world. HSBC here in China told me to take them back to Scotland with me. (Cheers!) How Can I Exchange Scottish GBP ...
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Can I travel to Burma/Myanmar over land across the border from China?

I'm currently in Kunming and there is a Myanmar consulate here. I'm assuming most people fly. I know there has been some quite recent trouble in the area. But is it still possible to visit Myanmar ...
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Very confused about China visa (American) and the possible 24 and 72 hour exemption rules

I will give a quick summary of my desired plan: Arrive in Shanghai via cruise (1st entry) Leave to SE Asia for a few months via train Come back through China via Vietnam by train and go to QingDao ...
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Will it be a problem for my Russian girlfriend to apply for a US nonimmigrant visa in Beijing while working in China on a business visa?

I would like to have my Russian girlfriend come visit me in San Francisco on a B-2 visa. She is currently working in Beijing, China as an English teacher. However, she received her employment through ...
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Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?

I'm an Australian citizen backpacking around Southeast Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several times on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring country by crossing ...
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Do any Chinese embassies or consulates grant multiple-entry visas to people from a third country?

This question is specifically about true multiple-entry visas, which for China are valid for six months and allow multiple entries. This question is not about double-entry visas. In the case of ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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Can this multiple-entry Chinese visa still be used?

I went to China about 6 months ago for 10 days. The visa issued for that occasion says: Category: F Entries: M-多 Duration of each stay: 060 days after each entry The Enter before date has not yet ...
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China Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit

Does anyone know how much trouble it is for a Chinese company to prepare a "Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit" (required for certain business visas). Presumably they may have to send an ...
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Guangzhou Baiyun airport to Shenzhen Shekou Ferry terminal [closed]

I'll reach Guangzhou late (22:30), what is the best way to travel from the airport to Shenzhen shekou? Many thanks in advance.
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When visiting on a double- or multiple- entry visa, does China stamp your passport for each entry and each exit?

I just managed to get a friend to scan my Chinese visa in my expired passport at home while I'm on the road on my next trip. I need this to show when I apply for a multiple entry visa to China in a ...
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Images of Chinese logograms (characters) for traveler

Planing trip to China in some remote areas. I think it would be useful to have some pictures in my phone with most useful words like "eat","bus","hotel" in Chinese logograms. If somebody has done this ...
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From Beijing international airport to Great Wall of China at midnight

I arrive in Beijing international airport at 3:00 in the night. In order to catch the sunrise on Great Wall located near Yingbinsong and save more time I think it is a good idea to go directly to ...
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Lockers in China [closed]

Is it possible to find lockers in China transport stations? I'm interested in Beijing Xi, Xian, Zhengzhou, Zhangjiajie, Guiyang, Guilin train stations. What about bus stations? What about Beijing ...
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Send package from China to Europe [closed]

During my trip in China I wouldn't like to carry all my gifts in my bag, so I'm planning to send them by post. Where is the best place I could do this with minimum problems? I'm planning to send it in ...
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Buy map in Beijing

Need to buy laminated good quality maps of China, Beijing and Xian. I need maps in English. Would you recommend any shops in Beijing and Xian?
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Entering China from Hong Kong without a Hong Kong visa

I have a Chinese visa but I don't have a visa from Hong Kong. Can I go to China from Hong Kong airport without the visa? I am getting convenient flights to Hong Kong.
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

About 10 years ago I traveled to Shanghai. When I got off the plane, a guy in plain clothes came up to me and indicated he could take me to whereever I needed to go. I was planning on taking a taxi ...